Sunday Links

Sunday, March 29th, 2009
  • Spokane bans name-brand dishwasher detergent. Spokane residents create black market in Cascade.
  • The Sun-Sentinel newspaper publishes a photo series of high school girls wrestling in a pool of chocolate syrup. Just be sure none of those pictures wind up on your cell phone.
  • Otter cubs.
  • Interesting study on poker as a game of skill.
  • Jack Shafer on the looming death of newspapers.
  • Longtime police brutality reporter faces felony charges for taking photographs after a police chase ended in two fatalities. The police say she crossed a yellow tape barrier. She was initially charged with five felonies that could have put her in prison for 20 years. She still faces two, and a judge who already seems to believe she’s guilty. The police, incidentally, erased all of the photographs on her camera.
  • Pittsburgh’s City Paper looks back on the unfortunate career of U.S. Attorney Mary Beth Buchanan.
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  • 30 Responses to “Sunday Links”

    1. #1 |  anarch | 

      Minstrel shows, on a left-libertarian website.


      Apologies if I mischaracterized anything — or everything — here ;-)

    2. #2 |  Josh | 

      The Sun Sentinel better hope Ms. Buchanan doesn’t see those photos.

    3. #3 |  Mikestermike | 

      So, if Washington high school girls wrestle in chocolate syrup, they can’t get clean…hmmm

    4. #4 |  Dave Krueger | 

      I foresee a whole new category of crime and newly created law enforcement agencies in the future to combat the civilian insurgence against the government enforced green movement. In fact, I’m sure organized crime is planning for a boom in black market profits and is already reinforcing their lobbying efforts (probably using the same apparatus already in place to discourage the legalization of drugs) to institute similar product bans on a massive scale. No doubt they’re already partnering with manufacturers of the inferior products to take a cut from their action as well.

    5. #5 |  Dave Krueger | 

      Please don’t equate high school chocolate syrup wrestling with the mud wrestling that used to be so common in popular blue-collar night clubs. The latter were about a bunch of shitfaced horny guys enjoying the sexual thrill of watching almost naked (sometimes not “almost”) girls getting all physical and gropey with each other. That’s not the case with high school kids since, as everyone knows, their sex drive doesn’t begin until their 18th birthday.

      Wow! I can’t believe my spell checker recognizes “shitfaced” as a legitimate word. That wouldn’t be the case if the government were in charge of spell checkers.

    6. #6 |  Dave Krueger | 

      Whether taking pictures of cops ever becomes a crime or not (and I think we all know it will), the erasing of those pictures by the cops should definitely be considered tampering with evidence and obstruction of justice punishable with jail time and dismissal.

    7. #7 |  Will | 

      Did the pittsburghcitypaper sent me to a trojan site. Did this happen to anyone else as well?

    8. #8 |  perlhaqr | 

      Will: Yes.

      re: green detergent

      The Washington Lake Protection Association has launched a campaign to encourage people to give the environmentally friendly brands a fair chance. The group suggests consumers experiment with different brands or install water softeners to help the green detergents work better.

      “Want clean dishes? Drop another $5k on a water softener. Or for god’s sake, just tell the servants to scrub harder!”

      Man, wow. The middle ages sucked, in part, because of terrible hygiene. I wonder if we’re going to see the US return to third world health standards, all because we’re going to ban soap in the name of “the environment”.

    9. #9 |  nobahdi | 

      You know, if the the police just erased the photos, it’s pretty easy to recover them. And if they destroyed the memory card it shows even more malice than erasing the photos.

    10. #10 |  claude | 

      “The Sun-Sentinel newspaper publishes a photo series of high school girls wrestling in a pool of chocolate syrup.”



    11. #11 |  David Chesler | 

      I thought the phosphate thing (it’s not that “name-brand” detergents are banned) was old news. As far as I know, I can’t get phosphate-containing dish or clothing detergents here in the northeast at all. (My area has had soft, reservoir water for a while so it’s not a big deal.) I can’t find strike-anywhere matches either.

      Is there a map (like this) that shows where phosphates are banned?

    12. #12 |  Boyd Durkin | 

      Because someone from this site might have pictures erased, remember that a deleted file can be recovered. It’s the difference between deleting the index card entry and going to the bookshelf and physically removing the book.

      Delete away for the cops to avoid arrest, go home and recover. Howeve; I’ve heard of many cases where cops know this and confiscate the actual card.

    13. #13 |  bobzbob | 

      Yes, I have a GOD GIVEN right to pollute the water shed of my neighbors and community, destroying the lakes, rivers and livelyhoods of countless fisherman in the pursuit of clean dishes.

      Face it, the right to swing your fist ends at my nose, and when you pollute public waterways, that is my nose.

    14. #14 |  Matt D | 

      I get a little sick of these smug posts about how a black market popped up following the ban of whatever, as if the mere fact of a black market is proof positive that the ban itself is without merit.

    15. #15 |  Greg C | 

      The ban itself is without merit AND a black market popped up.

    16. #16 |  ceanf | 

      smug post? who said that a black market is proof that the ban is without merit matt? when the government makes something illegal that people use or want, a black market will arise. that is a proven fact. this particular ban is proven without merit not because a black market was created, but because the detergents that are available after the ban obviously do not work, and people who want a detergent that does work simply get it from the black market. that makes this ban ineffective and have no merit, not the fact that a black market is the result of this detergent ban. but, of course, the states response to this black market will most likely be making possessing banned detergents a crime.

    17. #17 |  ceanf | 

      bobzbob, what do you have to say about your gas powered boat that is polluting my public waterways? i think all fishermen should be limited to sail boats, because the petroleum compounds from their boats pollute. when you pollute public waters with your boat, that is my nose.

    18. #18 |  bobzbob | 

      Actually no. 2 cycle outboards are a significant source of pollution in waterways and SHOULD (and have in some jurisdictions) been outlawed. The organic compounds produced by 4 cycle engines is largely non-water soluable and volatile so that it evaporates and leaves very little measureable pollution. The result is that 4-cycle engines are demonstrably NOT a problem. On the other hand phosphates are.

      I support 100% your right to use phosphate detergents, but you better keep them on your property. You have absolutly NO right to allow pollutants to run or seep off of your property on to your neighbors or into the public sewage system. Sometimes society grants the priviledge to pollute, but its NOT a right.

    19. #19 |  Dave Krueger | 

      #18 bobzbob

      I support 100% your right to use phosphate detergents, but you better keep them on your property.

      Does that apply to farmers, too?

    20. #20 |  Eyewitness | 

      Bob #13, “Face it, the right to swing your fist ends at my nose, and when you pollute public waterways, that is my nose.”

      Well, if you will simply keep your nose well into those public waterways, the problem will solve itself. Pretty quickly, too.

    21. #21 |  Matt D | 

      Good grief.

      Nobody has presented any evidence that the ban is without merit. Want to challenge the science? Please do. But until then, you’re just engaging in the all-too-typical libertarian preservation of the status quo.

    22. #22 |  michaelk42 | 

      Here, to save some looking:

      Smart Recovery has got pictures back for me pretty reliably, and is free.

    23. #23 |  chance | 

      Since possession and use are not banned, and taxes are paid at the point of sale, this is a grey market, not a black market.

    24. #24 |  Boyd Durkin | 

      Pic #3 will get you arrested.

      The libertarian position is…why do we have “public waterways” again?

    25. #25 |  Whim | 

      Ban ANYTHING that is useful, and there will be an underground market.

      Expect a rapid increase in untaxed cigarette smuggling when the new higher tobacco tax kicks in April 1……

    26. #26 |  bobzbob | 

      It doesn’t matter if they are private or public waterways- you don’t have a right to allow pollution, such as phosphates, to run off into your neighbor’s private waterway, now do you?

    27. #27 |  MacGregory | 

      #25 Whim

      I was thinking the same thing. Two ways to create a black market:
      An all out ban or an excessive tax.
      I wouldn’t be suprised to see more convienence store thieves skipping the cash till and going straight for the smokes. Not a bad idea, since cigarettes may soon be worth more than our currency anyway.

    28. #28 |  Stormy Dragon | 

      I wouldn’t be suprised to see more convienence store thieves skipping the cash till and going straight for the smokes. Not a bad idea, since cigarettes may soon be worth more than our currency anyway.

      Every good police state needs a prison currency.

    29. #29 |  Michael | 

      The thing about this “pollutant” is that it increases the algae and plant growth in the water! It, actually, is more like fertilizer than a pollutant. But, in the end, it wreaks havoc on the stability of the environment. So, it does not matter that it is classified as a “pollutant”. I wonder if water softeners have any adverse effects on the environment. You know, we always seem to have to pay the piper, in the end.

      Maybe we will, actually, be rinsing the plates again, before putting them into the dishwasher, to make sure the food remnants are removed. That is, instead of letting the dishwasher do all the work. That is the way I have always done it anyway. Any old, cheap, soap would work after that!

    30. #30 |  akromper | 

      A really neat app for a camera phone would be that it auto Emails every pic taken to your Email accounts, including any terminated video file. Then you could slam the popo later with obvious destruction of evidence, charges for officers could still take place and have the satisfaction that their days of above the law special status are ending.